Mombacho names a new General Manager. And it’s the rising star of the cigar industry, Indiana Ortez. Mombacho needs a new general manager and master blender after Claudio Sgroi left the Nicaraguan cigar manufacturer recently. It’s the third big change in company leadership, as founder Cam Heaps recently came back in the role as president of Mombacho Cigars.


Indiana Ortez may only be 27-years-young, but she already has a reputation. And a world of knowledge. Her father Omar Ortez is a well-known figure in the industry. His factory, Agroindustrial Nicaraguense de Tabacos S.A. (Agrotabacos) was where Ortez had her start in the cigar industry. She worked on the factory floor learning everything about rolling and producing cigars. She climbed the ladder and became a quality control officer and chief marketing officer for Agrotobacos. Indiana Ortez is also responsible for Ventura Cigars PSyKo Seven Nicaragua and Father, Friends, and Fire. The last one was a limited edition.

“I feel the responsibility to carry the high legacy of women in our industry,” says Ortez. “This position allows me to keep my personal promise of working with well-fermented tobaccos and continuing to push quality and consistency to an uncompromising place.”

Ministry of Cigars - Mombacho names a new General Manager
Indiana Ortez


“It is both an honor and a pleasure to have Indiana joining the senior management team at Mombacho,” says Mombacho’s founder and President Cam Heaps in a press release. “While Indiana’s impressive and broad expertise is a welcome asset, her passion, spirit, and management style will also be an important part of the company’s cultural vision.”

Mombacho is a 15-year-old brand. It celebrates Nicaragua and all Mombacho cigars are Nicaraguan Puros. The factory is an odd one out. It’s an old villa, the villa of the architect who drew most buildings in Grenada. And it’s located in Grenada, while almost all other factories are in Esteli. To that, Ortez says “Moving to the exciting colonial town of Granada, Nicaragua is also an exciting part of the role.”

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